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July 21, 2014

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas meets  with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in the capital Doha, on July 20, 2014, to discuss a ceasefire for the war raging in Gaza. [AFP]
08:02 GMT
The UN Security Council has expressed “serious concern” over the rising number of civilian fatalities in the Gaza Strip, calling for an immediate end to the conflict.
Riot police kept protestors from approaching the Israeli embassy (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT
Hundreds of people gathered near the Israeli embassy in Amman to voice their support for Palestinians in Gaza.
An injured Israeli soldier is evacuated from near the Israeli border with Gaza Strip on July 21, 2014, following heavy fights between Israeli soldiers to Palestinian militants. [AFP]
07:48 GMT
The IDF announced on Sunday evening that 13 Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade were killed since Saturday night in fighting in Gaza, bringing the total number of military fatalities in Operation Protective Edge to 18.
Fighters from the ruling Hamas movment run as smoke rises during an ongoing Israeli military offensive on the Shejaiya neighborhood between Gaza City and the Israeli border, which has left more than 50 people dead in a blistering bombardment which began overnight, medics said on July 20, 2014. [AFP]
07:33 GMT
The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades said on Sunday night that it had captured an Israeli soldier, the first since the release of Gilad Shalit in 2011.
Egyptian army soldiers inspect the site of an attack in which 21 border guards where killed in al-Wadi al-Gadid, close to the El-Farafrah oasis, in the western desert, some 630 kms west of Cairo, near the frontier with Libya. (AFP / STR)
07:23 GMT
Egyptian army soldiers inspect the site of an attack in which 21 border guards where killed in al-Wadi al-Gadid
Nasrallah promised his support to the resistance in Gaza during a late-night phone call with Khaled Mashaal. (AFP/File)
06:47 GMT
Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah has vowed to support the resistance in Gaza.
More than 100 Palestinians and 18 Israelis were killed from fighting in Gaza on Sunday alone (Jack Guez/AFP)
05:00 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obama called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to go to Cairo to meet with regional leaders on the crisis in Gaza after over 100 civilians were killed from fighting Sunday. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting Sunday evening as well.

July 20, 2014

The offensive has displaced more than 135,000 Palestinians in less than two weeks (AFP)
20:47 GMT
More than 100 Palestinians were killed on Sunday alone as Israel's Operation Protective Edge continues.
Erdogan criticized Sisi's role as a mediator for an Israel-Hamas ceasefire earlier this week (Egyptian Presidency/AFP)
20:00 GMT
Cairo summoned Turkey's charge d'affaires Sunday after Ankara leadership publicly criticized Egypt's role in handling the neighboring crisis in Gaza.
Gazans flee their destroyed neighborhood Sunday (AFP)
19:00 GMT
At least 135,000 Gazans have been displaced and over 2,000 homes have been destroyed within the past two weeks from Israel's offensive on the Palestinian Strip.
The attack took place at a checkpoint on the road from Cairo to Farfara, a town located somewhat near the Libyan border (AFP)
18:00 GMT
A militant attack on an Egyptian checkpoint Saturday has now left at least 21 border guards dead, according to new information Sunday.
ISIS took over control of the Shaar oil field on Thursday (File Archive)
17:27 GMT
At least 60 Syrian government soldiers were killed in clashes between Damascus and jihadists in Homs province Sunday.
Al Wefaq has led many of the major opposition protests throughout Bahrain since the mass demonstrations in February 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
16:16 GMT
The government of Bahrain has filed a lawsuit that will make the country's main opposition activities illegal under law for at least three months.
Civilians flee the fighting between Hamas and Israeli fighters in Gaza City (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
15:28 GMT
French daily Le Figaro reported Sunday that at least 15 Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza in their offensive on the Shejaiya district of the Strip.
More than 400 Palestinians have been killed from Israeli airstrikes and fighting in the Gaza Strip in the past two weeks (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
14:07 GMT
A short-lived "humanitarian truce" between Tel Aviv and Hamas was broken Sunday afternoon with the resumption of fighting in the neighborhood of Shejaya.
The protesters, led by Lebanese and Palestinian party officials, raised banners denouncing Israel’s "brutal aggression" (AFP/File)
14:05 GMT
Palestinian groups and left-leaning Lebanese parties protested against Israel's offensive in Gaza outside the U.S. embassy in Awkar, north of Beirut on Sunday.
Lebanon's army arrests a man in the northern city of Tripoli, July 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:04 GMT
Tensions remain high after a terrorist allegedly linked to the Beirut hotel bombings was killed in Tripoli during overnight raids by security forces, while another wanted militiaman was arrested.
Emergency services have been unable to access many neighborhoods because of heavy bombing. (AFP/File)
11:33 GMT
Hamas accepted a proposal by the International Committee of the Red Cross for a three-hour humanitarian ceasefire.
ISIS called the bombings "blessed operations." (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for recent car bombs in Baghdad that left at least 27 dead.
Mahmoud Ghozlan, pictured above, is a leading spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood. Three of Ghozlan´s sons have now been arrested (AFP/ File).
09:31 GMT
Yasser Ghozlan, son of the Muslim Brotherhood´s spokesperson, Mahmoud Ghozlan, was arrested on Saturday in Cairo.
Gaza's death toll has surpassed 350, while the UN estimates 80 percent of Palestinians killed were civilians (File/AFP)
08:21 GMT
At least 12 civilians have been killed in a "Gaza City massacre" by Israel's army with hundreds injured, according to medics.
Armed militia groups continue their battle for control of Libya's main airport. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT
Militias in Libya's Tripoli resumed their fighting at Libya's main airport Sunday.
Apparently, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was trained boy Mossad and the CIA. Who knows? (File/AFP)
08:03 GMT
From the Malaysian airliner being the reason for World War III to ISIS killing three Israeli teens to divert attention away from Iraq, conspiracy theories are dangerous distractions from the truth.
The convoy of around 600 political activists was stopped at a security checkpoint in North Sinai, around 150 kilometres from the Egyptian crossing of Rafah on the border with Gaza (AFP/ Mohammed Abed).
07:53 GMT
Egyptian security forces on Saturday prevented a humanitarian aid convoy from entering Gaza after checkpoint officers said the participants´ safety could not be assured.
Israeli Arabs and Israeli left wing activists protest against the Israeli attack on Gaza in the northern Israeli city of Haifa on July 19, 2014. [AFP]
07:52 GMT
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in two major Israeli cities to call for an end to the Tel Aviv regime’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip, which has killed dozens of civilians and wounded many more over the recent days.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal in Doha on Sunday to discuss a truce in Gaza.
07:29 GMT
President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political leader Khalid Mashaal will meet in Qatar Sunday to discuss a truce in Gaza, on day 13 of an Israeli offensive, an official said.
Greek protesters hold a banner against the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in Crete, in Chania, a village near the NATO naval base of Souda, on July 19, 2014 in Crete. Banner reads : "Keep chemicals away from our sea - send chemical back to the companies that produced them." (AFP / STEFANOS RAPANIS)
07:27 GMT
Greek protesters hold a banner against the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in Crete, in Chania, a village near the NATO naval base of Souda, on July 19, 2014 in Crete. Banner reads : "Keep chemicals away from our sea - send chemical back to the companies that produced them." Greek protesters launched a three-day blockade of the road leading to the NATO naval base of Souda, in Crete, on July 19, reacting against the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in the Mediterranean. AFP PHOTO / STEFANOS RAPANIS
Israeli soldiers from thr Golani Infantry Brigade prepare their equipment and weapons near their Armoured Personnel Carrier or APC at an army deployment near the Israeli-Gaza border,on July 19, 2014. [AFP]
07:18 GMT
Staff Sergenat Bania Roval, 20, from the Paratroopers 101st Battalion, was shot dead by a terrorist in a tunnel; 2nd-Lt. Bar Rahav, 21, was killed by a missile defense system's activation in a nearby tank.
Attacks against police and military are commonplace since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT
Twenty-one border guards were killed at a military checkpoint in southern Egypt.
The United Nations Children’s Fund has expressed deep concern over Gaza´s death toll, stating that children make up one-third of the civilian casualties (AFP/ File).
07:02 GMT
Palestinian medics say new Israeli bombardments on the besieged population in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Sunday morning have left a dozen people, including two children, dead.
Iraqi Christian children gather inside the Church of the Virgin Mary for prayers in the town of Bartala, east of the northern city of Mosul. (Karim Sahib/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea condemned on Saturday the Islamic State's attacks against Christians and minorities in the Iraqi city of Mosul, calling for peace and for eradicating ISIS and other “oppressive” regimes.

July 19, 2014

A Palestinian looks at the body of a boy killed in an Israeli air strike at a morgue in the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, on July 9, 2014. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP)
14:57 GMT
Israeli air strikes and shelling killed more than 25 people across Gaza on Saturday, among them children, raising the toll in 12 days of violence to 333, medics said.
Israeli soldiers Photo: Israeli soldiers in an armoured personnel carrier (APC) at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
14:42 GMT
Over 100 British teens have been signed up to fight “shoulder to shoulder” with Israeli forces in brutal attacks on the Gaza Strip, a human rights group warns.
Palestinian men inspect the site of an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 8, 2014 (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
14:30 GMT
Fighters affiliated with Hamas' military wing on Saturday infiltrated the southern Israeli region of Eshkol near Ein HaShlosha through a tunnel and attacked an Israeli army patrol, injuring at least two soldiers in the ensuing firefight.
A Syrian man reacts while standing on the rubble of his house while others look for survivors and bodies in the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
14:19 GMT
In a Friday report, Los Angeles Times cited Samir Zaitoun, a commander with Al Tawheed Brigade, a Syrian opposition group, as saying that nearly half the militants in Aleppo, mostly from small groups, have left over the last year.
A woman wrapped in a Palestinian flag gestures near anti-riot police and other protesters prior to the departure of a demonstration, banned by French police, from the Barbes neighborhood in Paris on July 19, 2014 to denounce Israel's military campaign in Gaza and show their support for the Palestinian people. (AFP)
14:11 GMT
A woman wrapped in a Palestinain flag gestures near anti-riot police
(AFP)
09:04 GMT
The Palestinian Health Ministry says more than 70 of the victims have been children.
Lebanese army personal arrest a man in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. (AFP)
08:47 GMT
Security agencies were able to avert a “terrorist scheme” by Syrian opposition groups to involve Lebanon in a “dangerous sectarian” conflict, As Safir newspaper reported on Saturday.
Catherine Margaret Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the talks with Iran at the UN headquarters in Vienna, on June 17, 2014. (AFP)
08:15 GMT
Iran and the P5+1 countries decided Friday to extend talks about the Iranian nuclear program for another four months, officials said.
LAF forces in Arsal. (AFP)
07:59 GMT
Residents of the northeastern town of Arsal are growing increasingly worried about their safety as a battle between Hezbollah and members of the Syrian opposition edges ever closer to the town.
Ban Ki Moon's visit to the region was announced Friday during an emergency meeting of the Security Council over the ongoing violence in Gaza (File Archive)
05:00 GMT
The UN's top chief will arrive is set to arrive in the Middle East today in the latest effort to end the ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip.

July 18, 2014

Palestinians flee their home to move to a more safer location Friday (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
20:00 GMT
The number of displaced Palestinians from Gaza has almost doubled within the past 24 hours after Israel launched its ground offensive Thursday evening.
Turkish protesters held a massive prayer Friday afternoon in solidarity with the people of Gaza affected by the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Strip (Adem Altan/AFP)
18:46 GMT
Israel announced Friday that it would reduce its diplomatic presence in Turkey saying that Ankara's leadership was inciting protests against Tel Aviv's operations in Gaza.
Iraq's ambassador was told to return to Baghdad Friday for consultations (File Archive)
18:04 GMT
Leadership in Baghdad pulled its ambassador in Jordan Friday,
Jalal Talabani has been receiving medical treatment in Germany for the past 18 months (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
16:58 GMT
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is set to return to Baghdad after spending 18 months in Germany for medical treatment.
More than 260 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge (File Archive/AFP)
16:22 GMT
The UN Security Council will meet today to discuss the ongoing crisis in Gaza, and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has also called for Hamas to immediately accept a second version of the Egyptian ceasefire deal during his meeting with Turkey's leadership in Ankara Friday.
Pope Francis visited the Baptismal site earlier this year during his Middle East tour where he invited Abbas and Peres to attend a joint prayer for peace (File Archive/AFP)
15:41 GMT
The Vatican called on Palestinian and Israeli leadership to implement an immediate ceasefire Friday to end the Gaza conflict.
Libya's main international airport has been reduced to rubble from fighting between Zintan and Misrata militias over the past week alone (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
14:57 GMT
Fresh fighting in Libya's capital was reported Friday despite earlier news that a ceasefire between the warring militias had been reached.
Bahraini women hold pictures of victims during a protest against Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip on July 18, 2014, in the village of Diraz, west of Manama. (AFP / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
14:43 GMT
Bahraini women hold pictures of victims
ISIS frequently conducts public executions in the territories that it controls (File Archive)
14:06 GMT
The United Nations said Friday that at least 5,576 Iraqi civilians have been kill this year thus far as violence continues to envelope the fragile country.
Libya's main airport in Tripoli has been severely damaged from fighting between the Zintan and Misrata militias (STR/AFP)
13:47 GMT
Libyan fighters in the country's capital who have been clashing at the country's main airport have agreed to a ceasefire
A Palestinian man rests on school desks at a UN school near the Gaza border. (AFP)
09:52 GMT
Hundreds of Palestinians in southern Gaza fled their homes Friday as Israeli forces launched ground operations in the besieged enclave.
(AFP)
08:31 GMT
At least twenty-one Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by airstrikes and artillery fire since Israel launched a ground operation late Thursday, medics said.
Israeli soldiers gather in an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014. (AFP)
07:44 GMT
Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal says Israel’s ground invasion of the besieged Gaza Strip is destined to fail.
(Fayez Nureldine/AFP)
07:17 GMT
Four Civil Defense units, backed up by two rescue teams, battled for several hours a fire that ripped through a cluster of makeshift houses built on an empty plot in Al-Mansour Street in Mecca Thursday night.
Militias throughout Libya have been fighting for power and control over the country's territory and resources since the oust of Moammar Gaddafi in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Libyan leadership called on the United Nations late Thursday to assist the country's security forces in their effort to restore order in what has the potential to turn into a failed state.

July 17, 2014

Kurds in Syria declared their own autonomous region in November 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT
Kurds in Syria are now requiring that all of their men serve in their armed forces in the self-declared autonomous region's attempt to fight off jihadist insurgents.
At least eighty percent of those killed from Israeli airstrikes over the past week and a half in Gaza are civilians (Said Khatib/AFP)
19:00 GMT
Five more children were killed from Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Thursday as the civilian death toll climbs yet again under the Tel Aviv offensive.
ISIS controls oil fields in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor as well (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT
The Jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) seized a major gas field in Syria Thursday, leaving at least 23 people dead in the process.
UNRWA schools have been used in recent days as refuge sites for Palestinians fleeing ongoing Israeli strikes in their neighborhoods (File Archive)
17:20 GMT
The UN refugee agency for Palestinians reported Thursday that it found rockets stored in one of its vacant schools in Gaza.
Lebanon has been trying to crack down on outlaws firing rockets into Israel (File Archive)
16:00 GMT
Lebanon filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council Thursday against Israel in response to Tel Aviv's bombardment of Lebanon's southern villages.
Eighty percent of those killed since Israel launched its so-called Operation Protective Edge are civilians (Said Khatib/AFP)
14:53 GMT
Hamas officials denied the alleged ceasefire deal set for early Friday, saying that talks between themselves and Israel are still ongoing.
Bombs also exploded in Sadr City late Wednesday (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
14:39 GMT
At least 15 militants were killed in clashes with Iraqi security forces in the country's north, and another four civilians were killed in a bomb explosion in the country's capital.
Women mourn the death of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was kidnapped and burned to death on July 2 (File Archive/AFP)
14:25 GMT
Israel's Justice Ministry reported that prosecutors indicted three Jews Thursday over the kidnapping and murder of the Palestinian teenager who was burned to death this month in what has been described as a "revenge killing."
Libyan security forces have struggled to combat armed militia groups who have grown powerful since Gaddafi's overthrow. (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT
Intense fighting at the Libyan airport in Tripoli has left 30 dead.
Lebanon's army patrols the country's border town of Ersal, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:54 GMT
Hezbollah fighters and Nusra Front militants clashed again close to Lebanon's border with Syria, according to a security source.
At least 230 Palestinians have died in recent airstrikes. (AFP/File)
12:50 GMT
Israel and Hamas have reached an agreement on a comprehensive ceasefire that will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday.
An injured Palestinian boy is carried away from the beach after an Israeli strike, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:23 GMT
Israel's government spokesperson Mark Regev said the IDF "does not target civilians" on the same day four children were killed while playing on a Gaza beach.
Israel's Iron Dome system normally intercepts rockets fired from Gaza with a 90% success rate. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT
Three rockets landed in Israel's Eshkol region two hours after a temporary five-hour ceasefire was agreed upon by Hamas and Israel.
The UN estimates that 13 percent of the 4.5 million children under the age of five are "acutely malnourished" (File/AFP)
11:38 GMT
Around 40 percent of Yemen's population faces a serious food crisis according to a United Nations report. The UN's sister body UNICEF also said Yemeni children are showing signs of stunting.
The Islamic State has experienced many successes in Iraq in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
11:25 GMT
The success of the Islamic State is due to a combination of brutal force and winning over local populations.
Israel's army conducted at least 37 raids overnight in Gaza, bringing the Palestinian death toll up to 227 (File/AFP)
11:01 GMT
Eight Palestinians were killed overnight after intensive shelling by Israeli forces across the Gaza Strip ahead of a UN brokered "humanitarian" ceasefire.
Various political groups called for the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to be opened permanently (File/AFP)
09:39 GMT
Political groups in Egypt joined forces to support Palestinian resistance against Israel while denouncing a recent truce deal brokered by Cairo between Tel Aviv and Hamas.
Tunisian security forces have been struggling to extricate militants from the Chaambi Mountains. (AFP/File)
09:21 GMT
Fourteen Tunisian soldiers were killed in an attack by militants at a military checkpoint near the Algerian border.
Thirteen members of Hamas crossed into Israeli territory via a tunnel dug in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT
IDF forces stopped an attempt by Hamas to infiltrate a kibbutz via an underground tunnel.
Militant group ISIL has been engaged in a deadly battle with Iraq's forces and other splinter groups (File/AFP)
08:25 GMT
A Saudi "mufti" who joined militant group ISIL has been killed by Iraq's armed forces during an air raid in Tikrit, according to a news site.
Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said: "I don't know whether to laugh or cry on the so-called swearing-in ceremony of Syrian regime's President Bashar Assad” (AFP/ File).
08:12 GMT
Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea ridiculed Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday following Assad's swearing-in ceremony as president.
Over 1,600 people have been injured since the conflict began ten days ago. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT
The death toll in the besieged Gaza Strip has reached 227.
A Syrian woman begs with her children downtown Istanbul on July 16, 2014. Turkey is to take "drastic measures" to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast. (AFP)
07:38 GMT
A Syrian woman begs with her children downtown Istanbul on July 16, 2014
A view from southern Israel into Gaza during the ceasefire (Menahem Kahana/ AFP).
07:24 GMT
Israel on Wednesday agreed to temporarily halt its assault on Gaza to come into effect on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Two Palestinians and a Lebanese man were arrested in connection with rocket attacks towards Israel (File/AFP)
07:04 GMT
Palestinian factions are not interested in drawing Lebanon into the current Israel-Gaza conflict, a senior Hamas official said Wednesday.
Libya's capital airport has been under attack for the past four days (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Rocket fire targeted Libya's main international airport for a fourth straight day Wednesday.

July 16, 2014

Relatives of the four boys - all from the same family, mourn during the funeral in Gaza City, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
23:12 GMT
Four Palestinian boys were killed while they played football on the beach by Israeli shelling from naval boats in a horrific strike witnessed by AFP journalists.
De Mistura previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan (File Archive)
20:00 GMT
Syria's newly appointed UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura will meet with the Security Council Friday in the latest effort to end the ongoing conflict.
Approximately 300,000 refugees in Turkey live in the country's border camps (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Turkey may force Syrian refugees to leave the country's city centers in Ankara's latest move to "deal" with the influx of refugees in the country.
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad was officially sworn in for a third term in office Wednesday despite highly disputed polls (SANA/AFP)
17:00 GMT
At least four people were killed and 22 wounded from an attack on Syria's capital following the inauguration ceremony of President Bashar Al Assad Wednesday.
More than 1550 people have been injured from strikes on Gaza within the past nine days (AFP)
16:12 GMT
Hamas officially rejected a proposed ceasefire deal with Israel Wednesday as the death toll surpassed 200.
More than 250 cases of sexual harassment were recorded in less than two years, including sexual assaults en masse in the capital's Tahrir Square (File Archive)
15:44 GMT
An Egyptian court sentenced nine men to lengthy jail terms Wednesday for assaulting women, representing the longest sentences since Cairo authorities criminalized sexual harassment.
More than 200 people have been killed in the past nine days as Israeli forces continues strikes on the Palestinian Strip and Hamas sends retaliatory rockets into Israeli territory (AFP)
14:26 GMT
Will a ceasefire take us back to square one in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri made the proposal in exchange for forming a cabinet that ensures the interests of his movement (AFP/ File).
14:17 GMT
Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri proposed a two year presidential term for Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun in return for forming a cabinet that meets the interests of Hariri's party.
President Assad was re-elected on June 3 in an election that was widely disputed by the international community. (AFP/File)
11:36 GMT
Syrian President Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new seven-year term.
A soldier examines the remains of a rocket fired from Israel into the south of Lebanon, December 29, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:16 GMT
Lebanese security forces clamped down on rocket attacks into Israel after the Jewish state retaliated with heavy artillery shelling in the south of the country.
Fired Defense Minister Danny Danon responded defiantly  by saying that he would not come in line with “the spirit of leftist feebleness of the prime minister” (Photo courtesy of Flickr).
09:57 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon on Tuesday following criticism from Danon and others for accepting the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
The blast took place in Baghdad's Sadr City. (AFP/File)
09:53 GMT
At least 12 people have been killed in two car bombs in Baghdad.
Iraqi forces have been battling Sunni insurgents since June. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT
Iraqi forces withdrew from Tikrit after a failed attempt to retake the city from Islamic State militants.
Libyan officials expressed fear that militants could try to take over the country's capital, Tripoli (File/AFP)
08:16 GMT
Libyan militants in Iraq and Syria are returning back home to fight a breakaway militia group led by rogue ex-general, Khalifa Haftar, security officials say.
Syrian men react during a reported air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo on July 15, 2014. More than 170,000 people have been killed in the three-year Syrian war, one third of them civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP / AHMED DEEB)
07:50 GMT
Syrian men react during a reported air strike by government forces
ISIL militants are believed to have killed a leader of rival group, al-Nusra Front in the east of Syria (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT
Rival militant groups continued to clash in Dayr al-Zawr, eastern Syria on Tuesday. ISIL fighters pushed out al-Nusra Front members, along with other armed groups.
The number of fatalities has now exceeded the number of deaths during the 2012 conflict. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT
The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza has now reached over 200.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said “If there is no cease-fire, our answer is fire”  (GALI TIBBON/ AFP).
07:20 GMT
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel would answer Hamas’s rejection of a truce with stepped-up attacks.